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CNM Faculty Senate Constitution

CONSTITUTION OF CNM FACULTY SENATE (amended 06/22/2012)

MISSION STATEMENT
The Faculty Senate represents the faculty of Central New Mexico Community College in fulfilling its professional and academic responsibilities to meet the goals of the Institute. The Faculty Senate shall exercise leadership in matters of education and institutional planning. The Faculty Senate shall coordinate faculty participation in all academic issues of the Institute.

Article I: Purposes

a. Communications
To promote open and effective communication within and among all organizational levels and all campuses.
b. Faculty Representation
      1) To provide the faculty with participation in institutional decisions, procedures, and regulations.
      2) To provide the faculty with representation to the President and the Governing Board on matters affecting institutional policies.

Article II: Membership

a. Voting Members of the Faculty Senate
Each School of the College shall be represented in the Faculty Senate by 2 Senators who are Full-time faculty members, and 1-2 at large Senators, depending on the relative size of a School’s faculty, one of whom must be a Part-time faculty. Each FT Senatorial term is for two years, each At-Large Senatorial term is for one year. Each Senator, FT or at-large, may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms, and then may be re-elected after sitting out one term.

School

FT Senators

At-Large Senators

Total Senators

Applied Technologies (AT)

2

1

3

Business and Information Technology (BIT)

2

1

3

Communication, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CHSS)

2

2

4

Health, Wellness and Public Safety (HWPS)

2

2

4

Math, Sciences, and Engineering (MSE)

2

1

3

School of Adult and General Education (SAGE)

2

2

4



b. Nonvoting members of the Faculty Senate will consist of
      1) One instructional technician selected by instructional technicians from all departments.
      2) One counselor selected by all of the institute's counselors.
      3) One departmental dean selected by all of the departmental deans, institute administrators, and the President.
      4) A representative from the CNM Student Government.

Article III: Organization and Procedures
a. Officers of the Faculty Senate will be elected annually by Faculty Senate voting members and will consist of a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.
b. The Faculty Senate will hold regular meetings once a month on a fixed day. All meetings will be announced in the Faculty Senate Webpage
c. The Faculty Senate is empowered to call special meetings. The members of the Faculty Senate will be required to provide three days written notice to their constituents of the date, time, place, and agenda of any special meeting.
d. The Faculty Senate will adopt by-laws to establish rules of procedure and other provisions for implementing the intent and purpose of this constitution. In all matters of internal functioning not covered by the by-laws, the Faculty Senate will be governed by the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order.
e. Approved minutes of the Faculty Senate meetings will be posted on the Faculty Senate Webpage within two weeks after the meeting at which the minutes were approved.

Article IV: Consideration of Proposals
a. Proposals for consideration by the Senate will be presented in writing by one or more voting members of the Faculty Senate.
b. If a proposal for consideration is determined to fall under the objectives of an existing Senate committee, it will be presented to that committee at least three days prior to the committee's next meeting.
c. Proposals for consideration will be subject to the following:
      1) A quorum will consist of ½ of all voting members.
      2) A discussion of the proposal will be required during the meeting in which the proposal is initially presented.
      3) When applicable, representatives from the affected institutional area will be asked to review  and discuss the proposal with the Faculty Senate.
      4)  The Faculty Senate will vote on the proposal at the meeting following the initial presentation. A proposal requiring immediate action may be voted on at the meeting in which it is presented.
      5) The proposal will be approved upon a simple majority vote of the Faculty Senate's voting members.
      6) Twenty five percent of the faculty may petition for a proposal to be sent to the entire faculty for a vote.
d. The Senate will present approved proposals to the appropriate institutional unit.

Article V: Responsibilities
a. The Faculty Senate will work with the administration in identifying and correcting problem areas that are not addressed through an existing committee and that directly affect students and faculty.
b. The Faculty Senate may review the decisions made by committees with faculty representation.
c. Faculty membership on committees in which representation from each department is required will be elected by the faculty of each department.
d. The Faculty Senate will select members for institutional committees whose membership is not selected by individual departments and whose objectives concern education and institutional planning.
      1) To select a qualified member to a committee, the Faculty Senate will submit a request for nominations. A call for nominations will be made in the Senate's minutes distributed via the Faculty Publication. Nominations will be submitted in writing to the Faculty Senate Chair at least three days prior to the next meeting. The Faculty Senate will elect the faculty member from these nominations.
      2) The Faculty Senate will provide the opportunity for all faculty to participate in the institute's committees by ensuring that no faculty member is placed on or elected to more than two institutional committees concurrently and that no faculty member serves more than three consecutive years on the same committee.
      3) A faculty member from each CNM committee may be requested to report the committee's activities to the Faculty Senate. These activities will be disseminated to the faculty by means of a Faculty Publication.
e. The Chair or a designated representative of the Faculty Senate will attend the Deans' Council meetings as a non-voting member.

Article VI: Amendments to the Constitution
a. Amendments to the Constitution will be presented by a voting member of the Faculty Senate in writing at a monthly Senate meeting.
b. Adoption of the amendment will follow the procedure of Article IV.c. except that an amendment must be approved by ⅔ of the Faculty Senate's voting members.
Article VII: Faculty Senate Webpage
The Faculty Senate will oversee the production and maintenance of the Faculty Senate’s Webpage. The purpose of the Faculty Senate Webpage will be to:
a. Disseminate information about, but not limited to, the following:
      1) approved minutes of the Faculty Senate meetings
      2) activities of the institute's committees
      3) institutional procedural changes or recommendations of procedural changes
      4) articles submitted by faculty members
      5) administrative activities
b. Request feedback from the faculty on issues brought before the Faculty Senate.